Tumbuka returns to Hifa

HARARE - Award-winning Tumbuka Dance Company will return to this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) with a presentation of renowned choreographer Snoden Filimon’s latest work titled We Were Made Men.

Tumbuka’s Hifa 2015 show, that will take place at Reps Theatre on May 1, explores the childish traits that linger in the adult character when people are made to take on the role of an adult too soon in life.

According to a statement from Tumbuka, the work is sourced from the dancers themselves and offers a mature insight into the things that we Zimbabweans deal with everyday, not politics and economics, but our lives and souls.

The Tumbuka Dance Company in action.

“This year at Hifa, Tumbuka will take you on a journey through the hearts and minds of the Zimbabwean people, telling stories about childhood, community and cultural beliefs,” read part of the statement.

Celebrated dancer Maylene Chenjerayi — the longest-serving member of Tumbuka — will present a piece titled Movement of Life that incorporates the movement of the heart, the circulation of fluids throughout the body and the projection of joy.

Chenjerayi’s choreography has a complexity and nuance that reveals her experience.

Another presentation to look forward to is Equals 24, a new work by Stanley Wasili that looks at the hidden rituals that underpin people’s everyday lives. For example some people just get up and go to work in the morning, some pray for their well-being and others take more elaborate measures.

Tumbuka, Zimbabwe’s oldest contemporary dance company has just returned from the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella Festival where they performed to enthusiastic audiences and received great reviews.

In South Africa, Zimbabwe’s leading contemporary dance company presented a scintillating performance titled Portrait of Myself as My Father choreographed by New York-based Zimbabwean performer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire.

Portrait of Myself as My Father was created in 2014 when Chipaumire visited Zimbabwe as part of a four-month research tour of four African cities supported by the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund.

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